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2016 Dirt Worshipper™
97% Syrah, 2% Roussanne, 1% Viognier
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One of Wine Spectator's six Hot Wines, January 2019.

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Hands down my all-time favorite bottling of this wine – the nose is pure Syrah, singing with notes of white pepper, violets, olive tapenade, crushed blackberries and smoked brisket.  The palate is incredibly suspenseful until, at last, it explodes with a burly burst of blueberries, cooling menthol, and espresso – yet it finishes with a seamless stream of elegant tannins, leaving you practically begging for another sip. Vinous: 95 | Wine Spectator: 96

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Central Coast
Acid
5.5 g/l
pH
3.88
Aging
Aged for 20 months in French oak barriques and cigars, 12% new and 88% neutral.
Fermentation
Once daily delestages with ice during 5-day cold soak, then feral fermented with twice daily delestages. 3 -week total maceration. 42% whole cluster. Unfiltered.
Bottling Date
June 1, 2018
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Hands down my all-time favorite bottling of this wine – the nose is pure Syrah, singing with notes of white pepper, violets, olive tapenade, crushed blackberries...
Awards
Vinous: 95 | Wine Spectator: 96
Vineyard Notes
30% Estate – Willow Creek District, Paso Robles. 25% Duvarita – Santa Ynez Valley, 25% Bassetti – SLO County, 10% Slide Hill – Edna Valley, 8% Stolo – SLO County, and 2% Boulder Ridge – SLO County.
Production Notes
1083 cases produced